Legal services for employees
Why Taylor Law?
As an employee, you are entitled to have your statutory rights observed by your employer. If you feel that these have been breached or that you have been treated unfairly, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
As a worker, it can be very difficult to be employed by someone who has not treated you properly. It is likely to make you feel unsupported, isolated and anxious. At Taylor Law we understand how worrying an employment dispute can be. We will stay by your side throughout the matter to ensure that you have the support and guidance that you need.
Expert legal advice
Our employment team have a wide range of experience in acting for employees whose rights have been infringed. We are regularly instructed by the Police Federation to represent police officers and we have been involved in a number of high-profile cases.
Issues we deal with include discrimination, unfair treatment and harassment. We also advise in respect of redundancy issues and settlement agreements to ensure that the correct procedure is followed and that any agreement is in your best interests.
Support, representation and guidance
If you are experiencing difficulties in your employment, we will not only offer advice but we will also support you throughout the matter. Our team understands how unpleasant an employment dispute can be for the employee and we will ensure we are always available to speak to you throughout to
discuss the matter and to answer any questions you may have.
We always try to avoid litigation where possible and we will negotiate on your behalf to try and reach a satisfactory settlement for you, to include compensation. The process could include alternative dispute resolution, which is often an effective way of reaching agreement with your employer.
We work proactively to prevent the issue from dragging on and we will keep you regularly updated as to progress.
If your case does proceed to an employment tribunal hearing or to court, you can be sure we will provide you with robust representation.
Taylor Law legal services for employees
We offer a full range of legal services for employees, for both contentious and non-contentious issues, including the following:
- Discrimination, harassment, bullying
- Employment Tribunal claims
- Holiday pay, maternity and flexible working
- Settlement agreements
- Sickness, absence and disability
- Unfair dismissal
- Wages and deductions
- Confidentiality and restrictive covenants
- Disciplinary and suspension
Visit our frequently asked questions for more information.
Our Employment Fees and Costs
Our employment solicitors are:
Scott Taylor (Solicitor with at least 8 years’ experience)
Ben Tighe (Solicitor with at least 8 years’ experience)
Max Hornigold (Solicitor)
Chris Bennett (Junior Executive - London)
Our hourly charges are as follows:
Private (Leeds and Middlesbrough) :
Partners/Solicitors with at least 8 years’ experience - 295.00
Solicitors with at least 4 years’ experience - 252.00
Solicitors, Legal Executives, Senior Executives - 205.00
Trainee Solicitors - 145.00
Junior Executives/Assistants - 145.00
Private (London) :
Partners/Solicitors with at least 8 years’ experience - 325.00
Solicitors with at least 4 years’ experience - 268.00
Solicitors, Legal Executives, Senior Executives - 215.00
Trainee Solicitors - 150.00
Junior Executives/Assistants - 150.00
Lesser complexity case
This would tend to be a case where unfair dismissal is the sole claim and the matter is limited to a one-day hearing.
It would be in the region of £15000-£18,000 plus VAT and disbursements (if we instruct counsel).
Medium complexity case
This would be a case where there are additional claims to unfair dismissal, such as discrimination. This would also apply where the case for unfair dismissal requires a Preliminary Hearing or where the case is listed for a Final Hearing of two or three days’ duration.
This would be in the region of £20,500- £23000 plus VAT, plus counsel fees of approximately £1,500 for the first day of the Final Hearing and £1,000 for the refreshers for the second and subsequent days of the Final Hearing. .
Higher complexity case
This would be a case where the unfair dismissal claim involves multiple discrimination complaints or complex matters such as whistleblowing/making of protected disclosures and where the case is listed for a Final Hearing of two or more days’ duration.
From £20,000 to £25000 plus VAT, plus counsel fees of £1,500 for the first day of the Final Hearing and £1,000 for the second and subsequent days of the Final Hearing.
The following factors can have an impact on the complexity of a case:
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim. For example if the reason for dismissal is because of a protected disclosure or an employee’s pregnancy or maternity leave
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
- Taking initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising on merits and likely compensation
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation
- Preparing a claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on a claim or response from other party
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- Preparing a schedule of loss
- Preparing for and attending a Preliminary Hearing
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements, and agreeing their content with witnesses
- Preparing bundle of documents
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
- Preparation for the Final Hearing or instructions to Counsel
The stages are not fixed and guaranteed, and we will adjust our costs accordingly when some stages are not required.
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9-18 months. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf. Disbursements incur a VAT charge of 20%.
At Taylor Law we have an excellent reputation for successful representation of employees in all aspects of employment law. If you would like to discuss how we can help you with your employment issue, we would be happy to hear from you.
Time is often crucial in dealing with an employment problem, and it is therefore advisable to seek legal advice as soon as you can.
For an initial discussion, call us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.
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